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Title: Fumiko Hayashida Interview
Narrator: Fumiko Hayashida
Interviewers: Lori Hoshino (primary), Alice Ito (secondary)
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Date: March 16, 1998
Densho ID: denshovh-hfumiko-01-0025

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LH: So you had, your family must have been happy to have Leonard join the family?

FH: Oh yeah. Little boy.

LH: Little boy. You've shown me a picture of his hundredth-day photo. And that's sort of a Japanese tradition, where...

FH: Yeah, we used. I think they usually take the baby picture when they're hundred day old.

LH: But how can you take a hundredth day picture, how could you?

FH: Well, not exactly hundred. But, you know.

LH: Yeah, I, I thought that cameras weren't allowed in the camps, so -- how could you take a picture?

FH: Because my, a girl that lived in -- Nishimoris, the next barrack -- she got married to a California boy who was volunteering to build the barrack when we first came. Became friend right away and she was married to him, and was allowed to bring, have the photographer, from Lone Pine, (to) take the wedding picture. She offered to save one picture for us, to take Leonard, 'cause he never had his picture taken. So, lucky. Just had one picture taken.

LH: It was a nice photo.

FH: Uh-huh. And it turned out nice, too. We went to canteen to buy his shoes, I remember. The outfit he got for, as a baby gift from someone.

LH: That was a nice memory.

FH: Yeah, I was real happy.

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